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Managing Change in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) AIDS 2014

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Globally, rates of new HIV infection reduced by 31% over the past 10 years. However,MENA countries have seen an alarming increasing rate of over 50% in the same period. . Although the overall HIV prevalence in the region is still low, the rise in new infections has put MENA among the top two regions in the world with the fastest growing HIV epidemic. According to a UNAIDS Report, the rise in the estimated number of people living with HIV in the region presumably is the result of an increased HIV prevalence among key populations at higher risk (i.e. people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men and sex workers) and a forward transmission of the virus to a larger number of individuals who are generally at lower risk of infection. Recent Modes of Transmission studies in Iran and Morocco and repeated rounds of bio-behavioural surveys in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia have supported this assumption.

Dr. Ihab Abdelrhaman (SAA President  & ICASA2015 President)

Dr. Ihab Abdelrhaman (SAA President & ICASA2015 President)

At the recent IAS Conference in Melbourne (Australia), the SAA President and President of the upcoming ICASA2015 mentioned that although a lot is being done in this wise ICASA 2015 would be an appropriate platform to share knowledge and information and also to address the pending issues of stigmatization and marginalization of key population in the MENA region. Other forums that were identified to help address the challenges of HIV & AIDS in the region were the Reproductive Health Symposium (Zambia, December 2014), Post 2015 (Algeria, May 2015), Role of CSOs in post 2015 (Morocco, July 2015), and ARVs Meeting (Cote d’lvoire , 2015).

 

 

 

 

From Left: Mr. Luc Bodea (SAA Coordinator), Dr. Khadija (from Tunisia), Dr. Ihab Abdelrhaman (SAA President & ICASA2015 President)

From Left: Mr. Luc Bodea (SAA Coordinator), Dr. Khadija (from Tunisia), Dr. Ihab Abdelrhaman (SAA President & ICASA2015 President)

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